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of its spies in the u.s. must be released first. >> the united states government refuses with the cuban government to achieve a solution. >> when senator cardinal was asked about that on cbs. >> they're totally different cases. what cuba has to do is release alan gross. >> that doesn't mean they can't sit down and try and talk again and again and try until they reach something. >> what might break the stalemate is the end of the presidential campaign. mr. obama carried florida's cuban america vote. they want the white house to take it. >> the administration has been visited by us to make it clear that this needs to be a high priority. we got to get alan gross back. >> alan gross is 63 years old and his family says he has health problems. he is serving a 15 year prison sentence. >> thanks so much. those five cubans were arrested in the u.s. in 1998. the castro government admits they were spying, but refers to them as heros. >>> anti-apartheid icon nelson mandella has been admit today a hospital in south africa. mandella is undergoing
later, we will discuss the recent increase in u.s. manufacturing. we will also take your calls, e- mails and tweets. "washington journal" is next. host: good morning, it's wednesday, december 19, 2012. the white house has thrown its support behind several gun- control measures on tuesday in the wake of the shooting rampage in newtown, connecticut. a state department inquiry into the september 11 terror attack in benghazi, libya, criticized the agency harshly for inadequate security that -- but specificrecommend signi individuals. and we begin today in on the details of john boehner's plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. we want to hear from you. how optimistic are you that a compromise can still be reached before the end of the year? give us a call -- and you can get up with us on all your social media web sites on facebook and twitter, or e- mail us. a very good morning to you. i want to take you to the lead story in today's washington post. that was today's washington post. here's the headlines from "politico" today. i want to take you to speaker john boehner's comments on the state
on a recent u.s. law targeting russians who abuse human rights. for a closer look at russia's proposed adoption ban, tune in to the "today" show at 7:00 here on nbc4. >>> congressional leaders will try again today to reach a deal to keep the country from plunging off the fiscal cliff. president obama hosting that meeting this afternoon at the white house. it will be the first time that he's met with congressional leaders since november 16th. they have just four days now to come to an agreement. democrats and republicans say that means a possible deal will likely extend tax cuts to middle class americans and postpone spending cuts scheduled to take effect. that means the contentious issue will likely be debated sometime in the future. >>> house lawmakers are preparing for an 11th hour deal. they're returning to washington for a rare sunday evening session. it's not clear what the house will do. house speaker john boehner still insists it's up to the senate to make the next move. >>> iran's state television is reporting the country's navy started training drills in the strait of hormuz.
. the nation's cardigan rights as a white house task may try ton violence undermine the second amendment. >> u.s. senator free on bond after being arrested for alleged drunk driving. the idaho republican ran a red light in alexandria early sunday morning. he failed several field sobriety tests. he issued a statement saying he is deeply sorry for the accident in the circumstances. made a mistake for which i family, myo my any others whond in me.ir trust i accept responsibility and will whatever penalty and measures toke ensure the circumstances never repeated." is expected in court on danaher 1/4. it's 35 degrees outside. is that right? 4:35. >> still to come, some local firefighters helping a teenager was shot on the way to school. supposed to go out there ball and that's what was able to do. >> redskins cut the job done agai >> welcome back. monday morning. it is chilly outside. is. it feels a lot like christmas, adam. >> keeping us warm in the weather center. start in many locations. many locations in the upper 20s us all freezing. 32 at reagan national, 30 and quantico, 27 in frederick, 28 in
for calling. a live picture of the u.s. capitol. 7:23 in washington. some heavy rain and perhaps some snow. a. when terry mix are expecting in town. we mention that because the president is heading back into town. the senate and white house -- the senate and house are due back tomorrow. this is an politico. there is another piece of this morning that says the house member elect is also interested in the peak in the seat -- adapter the seat. springfield, va., lewis, an independent. caller: good morning. you could consider me a little bit pessimistic. i am actually looking at it as realistically as possible. i have a degree in macroeconomics. i believe that they all should be -- we should institute term limits on all of them. maybe a six-year term limit. they're all thinking of reelection. host: both sides? caller: yes. they are thinking about re- election with the country is almost $70 trillion in debt. -- $17 trillion. people and businesses are giving out payouts because taxes are going up on everyone. it does not matter -- there are too many taxes going up. payroll taxes going up. we do not
. . this is where the u.s. needs to stand firm. it's how we can stand firm for freedom. i encourage the passage of this resolution, and i encourage that we as a body will continue to stand for a free and open internet. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to senate concurrent resolution 50. as many as are in favor will signify by saying aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- black plaque mr. speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the concurrent resolution is agreed to -- mrs. blackburn: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will
. meteorologist are talking about two big storms. >> get ready for a white christmas across parts of the u.s.. this is video from reno nevada, where visibility was an issue as drivers tried to make their way through a snowstorm. >> in syracuse, new york snowplows working overtime. this is the city's first snowstorm of the season. residents bracing for more. >> in california, dealing with severe flooding. this is video from sonoma county. entire intersections lacked under water. >> we want to go to breaking news. a fatal shooting in the capitol hill area. >> john gonzalez is there on the scene where it happened. police are looking for two suspects? >> that's right. a very active crime scenes at the intersection of 13th street and c street in northeast. this is considered capitol hill, not far from rfk stadium. police i a call after 3:00 this morning. reports of a male victim shot in the abdomen on the sidewalk. police found the victim lying next to what appears to be in his own vehicle with the engine still running and the headlights on. at this hour, still early in the investigation, but we
. russian president vladimir putin signed a law banning u.s. citizens from adopting russian children. russia is one of the top countries from which america adopts. it could affect more than 1500 adoptions currently under way. melissa mollet, news 4. >>> four minutes after 5:00. the military world mourning the death of the man known as stormin' norman. he died yesterday from complications with pneumonia. he's best remembered as helping lead forces that kicked saddam hussein out of kuwait during the first gulf war. a friend of his says schwarzkopf was in love with america and was possessed by a sense of duty. norman schwarzkopf was 78 years old. former president george h.w. bush released a statement saying "general schwarzkopf epitomized the duty, service, country creed. more than that, he was a good and decent man and a good friend." >>> the 41st president is still in intensive care but it appears that he's still fighting saying he's in good hands. a spokesperson for the bush family says the former president will probably be in the hospital for a little while. but that he would advise people
-- commander of the western flotilla and to general u.s. grant in the winter of 1862 because they work together to capture fort henry, for donaldson, and the tributaries of the mississippi river. then foot was on his own for a while working with john pope, and that worked out pretty well, too. when they captured the island in april 1862. part of this sequence of union successes in the spring of 1862 which then did come to an end, so if there is informal cooperation between the two of them it works pretty well. but as they see themselves as rivals, it's not going to work. >> look at halleck and grant in 1862. halleck is worrying about grant. >> give us a sense of the state of, the evolving state in terms of shifting and as 1861 most 1862 and sort of changes, radically in terms of enlistme enlistment. >> start with me? yeah, one of the things about the civil war, and i think it's particularly to the civil war navies, it's a tonic pivot point in history. things have been changing for some time. the telegraph comes in in the 1840s but railroads already expanding across the continent. but the applic
story we are following as we learn of the pass aifg decorated u.s. general. >> general norman schwarzkopf passed away yesterday after battling pneumonia. we have a report. -- the passing of a decorated u.s. general. >> reporter: the commander of u.s. led international coalition forces that drove shad out of kuwait in 1991 has died. general schwarzkopf was a much- decorated combat soldier in vietnam and was possibly known as stormin' norman. former president bush approved the following statement. statem >> in the late '80s, general schwarzkopf was promossed to general and later appointed commander in chief of the u.s. central command. general colin powell released this statement which read in part, with the passing of general h. norman schwarzkopf, america lost a great patriot. general schwarzkopf was 78 years old. >>> the white house released this statement last night. it says, with the passing of general norman schwarzkopf we lost and merge original. from his deckated service in vietnam to the historic liberation of kuwait and his leadership of the united states general comm
control the u.s. senate. hundreds of thousands of voters turned out in northern virginia on election day, and some waited in long lines for four hours to cast their votes, and presidential candidates rallied supporters throughout the campaign and spending millions on ads. in the end, the voters helped to re-elect barack obama and elected tim kaine to the senate. and then marriage equality was approved, and gay coupled in maryland can begin saying "i do" in january. number three, scandal in the district. two sitting counsel members resigned and were charged with felonies. harry thomas resigned in january admitting to stealing $400,000 that was designated for city youth programs. plus, the on going investigation into d.c. mayor vincent gray's 2010 campaign. harris pleaded guilty to a $650,000 shadow campaign to help elect gray. two other campaign workers pleaded guilty to a separate scheme to pay minor candidate brown for his sharp criticism of mayor fenty. and then the d.c. baseball team made playoffs. the washington nationals earned the best record in baseball on the way to clinching the
an apartment complex in adelphi. what authorities are telling us around 10:30 last night u.s. marshals came to this apartment warrant.eserves a prince george's county police called in to assist in a barricade situation. it has been going on several hours. but they believe a suspect is apartments.f these they believe that suspect is a and considered armed and dangerous. police remain here on the scene. they have evacuated that .partment building anybody lives in that building not able to get inside at this time. been here several hours trying to negotiate in this barricade situation. residents coming home late at y in the morning into theiret back apartments, we spoke with a one- has been sitting in his figure out when he will be able to go home. >> i saba, gone home. i asked them what it was going on and they said they were not allowed to give out that was wanting to go home. get we're not being able to i live here.hen >> police not giving us any more from asian about the warrant or about the suspect. about an identity time.ng released at this a very large police presence. -- police are not
>>> this is a live look outside at the u.s. capitol dome. it is thursday. the temperatures creeping downward. we've had it good for a couple of days but now it looks like things are returning back on our normal cold weather. i'm wisdom martin. sarah simmons has the day off. time to check in on the weather. here is gwen. >> a very chilly start to the day. a far cry from where we've been the last couple of days. that mercury really dropping. we'll show you what is going on. not a lot happening on our satellite-radar composite. we really don't have any clouds to talk about. things will be sunny into the course of the day. 28 at gaithersburg. 31 at baltimore. 36 at d.c. 4 at fredericksburg. a chilly 28 degrees for winchester. the same for culpeper. 46-degree for your day time high. the skies will be very bright and, unlike yesterday, the winds will be very light newout the course of the day. we had gusty winds yesterday but that is going to be not a factor at all. your full forecast coming up a little bit later. back to you. >>> taking a look at our top stories, fairfax county police ar
for the presidential race. walker won the first governor in u.s. history to survive a recall election. and another nod to a republican governor. >> i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie's full-on embrace of president obama for helping sandy-ravaged new jersey came days before the election and had no noticeable effect on the presidential race, but some republicans think christie didn't have to be that efuse sieve. they'll remember if his name pops up in 2016. >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. >> reporter: from the say what category of entries comes a combo team, missouri senate candidate todd akin and richard murdoch of indiana. >> life is that gift from god, and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that god intended to happen. >> republican dreams to take control of the senate in 2012 had dwipdalled throughout the year, but akin and maur dock pretty much shut that
question. a judge ordered him to be held without bail. >>> cuba is now accusing the u.s. of lying about the health of a maryland man in their country. speculation that alan gross has cancer or that is health is deteriorating is false. they say he has been treated decently while in prison, seen qualified doctors and speaks often with friends and family. the u.s. has increased pressure on cuba to release gross who has lost 100 pounds and developed a mass on his shoulder. cuba wants a trade. they will release gross if the u.s. allow five cuban spies to go free. >>> today quantico's -- the pretrial questions if bradley manning's case should be dismissed. yesterday a top correctional officer said manning was improperly kept on suicide watch for at least seven days. his testimony said this happened on two occasions. the correctional officer also said the commander did not follow a psychiatrist recommendation to take manning off suicide watch. >>> the future of a maryland state delegate seat is once again up the a judge to decide. greg hall filed an appeal in the case. hours earlier, a judge r
is what we know. u.s. marshals came to make an arrest monday night. they had some sort of altercation with the suspect who lives here. he has now barricaded himself inside an apartment here. we're told he is armed but there are no hostages taken. that he has taken in that building. no one else in that building either because it's been evacuated. prince george's county swat team is now negotiating with him. sources on the scene telling us the suspect may have been involved in recent carjackings and that's why he was being arrested this entire area will be blocked off, things here shut down until they can resolve the situation. we do have dozens of riss dents out here in the parking lot waiting to be let back inside. melissa mollet, news 4. >>> thank you, melissa. police are releasing few details after they found a man inside a building. 200 i street yesterday afternoon. homicide crews were also called to the scene. police are not saying how the man died or if there are suspects. >>> police in prince william county are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a girl inside her home posi
will push for stronger gun control laws. question for you is and should u.s. gun laws change? here are the numbers to call -- you can also find us online. send us a tweet or join the conversation on facebook, or send us an e-mail. our question for you is whether u.s. gun laws should change? here's the headline in "usa today" -- jumping down into the story, it says -- others are exploring the question of gun laws. we will hear some comments from members of congress this morning. congressional democrats are vowing to push for stricter gun control laws. several democratic lawmakers called yesterday for a new push for gun restrictions, including a ban on military-style assault weapons in the wake of the connecticut massacre. democratic senator dianne feinstein is the author of an assault weapons ban that lapsed in 2004. she said she would introduce new legislation soon. senator dick durbin said that lawmakers will hold hearings on gun-control and several others said they would devote attention to the issue. president obama says action is needed. "ere's the store in "usa today -- and th
, it expired in 2004, the law in effect banned 20 different assault weapons manufactured in the u.s. also banned the manufacture of high-capacity magazines, the ones that hold more than ten bullets. there were plenty of loopholes, though, gun manufacturers could make minor modifications and then rename them, in a sense making them legal. also, there was no ban on the import of assault weapons from overseas. you see, the ban was only for american-made guns. any guns or high-capacity magazines manufactured before the ban could still be owned and used legally. when it comes to gun bans, the states have taken the lead. california went full speed ahead after a shooting in elementary school in stockton in 1989. they banned the manufacturer, transport, import, or sale of assault weapons, also now bans sales to felons and drug addicts and requires safety training, a ten-day waiting period and outlaws those high-capacity magazines that hold more than ten bullets. other states also limit who can own guns and guns that can be carried with or without a permit. how prevalent are they really? well, the
points to close at 1,374. the nasdaq rose 15 points to close at 2,989. the u.s. senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill normalizing trade relations with russia. but the measure also contained provisions to punish russian officials accused of human rights offenses-- a move the russian government has denounced. the house passed the legislation last month. president obama has pledged to sign it into law. it was all smiles today for the duchess of cambridge, as she left a london hospital. the former kate middleton was discharged after being treated for severe morning sickness. the duchess emerged with her husband, prince william, three days after being admitted. the hospital stay prompted royal officials to announce her pregnancy to the public. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to jeff. >> brown: and to egypt. within the last 24 hours the country has seen the worst violence since president mohamed morsi was elected in june. seven people were killed and more than 600 hurt during overnight clashes in cairo outside the presidential palace. we have a report from jonathan rugm
's not just a u.s. story it's kind after north american story. >> paul: right. >> a ton of oil in canada, there's lots of the same geological formations in mexico, and so, you know, there's a lot of energy that can come up and, for example, the ceo of fluor, the largest construction company says there's at least 30 billion dollars of potential projects just around the u.s. gulf of mexico. >> paul: people are talking now and even by 2020 which isn't that far away we could be self-sufficient in terms of providing most of the oil, gas, we get domestically. what are the implications of this for the larger energy? not just for the energy economy, but for things like manufacturing and consumer prices? >> well, certainly, you know, obviously, residential heating, things like that would be more affordable and make us more competitive in manufacturing, but there's another angle that's also very interesting and that has to do with exports. we could actually become the lead are producer of energy for the emerging markets. energy demand in this country is going down, but in the rest of the world it'
to live a quiet retired life in tampa and kept pretty quiet on the u.s.'s decision to go to war with iraq again. >>> also this morning, former president george h. w. bush remains in intensive care at a texas hospital this morning. his chief of staff says his family is confident the 41st president will leave the hospital but expects to be there for a while. he is battling bronchitis, a lingering fever among other complications. the 88-year-old was admitted to the hospital last month but has only been in the icu since sunday. >>> coming up next, a look at the morning's other top stories. police are investigating an accident on one of our area's busiest stretches of road that left three people dead. >> and a murder ore christmas eve as a family gets ready to bury a loved one. d.c. police step up their search for a suspect in a crime that seems to have very few clues. ó >>> virginia state police continue to investigate a deadly accident at the springfield interchange. it happened around 7:00 last night when a tractor-trailer stopped in traffic was rear ended by a pickup truck. three people
the past couple of hours. u.s. marshals came to the complex to make an arrest on monday night. they had an altercation with the suspect who then barricaded himself inside the apartment down the hill here. he was armed but did not have any hostages. prince george's county police, u.s. marshals were trying to negotiate with him for the past couple of hours. sources out here on the scene telling us he may have been involved in a recent carjackings and that is why he was arrested now, we plan to speak with prince george's county police here in just a second, get additional information. as soon as we do, we'll pass that information along. live in adelphi, maryland, melissa mollet. >>> police are on the hunt for suspects who broke into a prince george's county home and shot the homeowner. four men broke into that house in the 9100 block of lough gren house. the suspects shot him in the back. he's currently in the hospital with injuries. >>> it's 6:04. the newtown connecticut community will attempt to return to a sense of normalcy today. classes resume today at all newtown schools except sandy
. since march of 2011, 40,000 people have been killed in the country's civil war. >>> a u.s. capitol police officer is in the hospital this morning after being hit by a car. this happened around 8:30 last night around massachusetts avenue in northeast washington. we're told the officer was hit during a traffic stop. her condition has not been released. so far no charges have been filed against the driver. >>> a video posted online is sparking an investigation of a metro bus driver. check it out. this video appears to show the driver holding and possibly even reading a newspaper behind the wheel. the rider who shot this video on unsuck d.c. metro posted it online. metro will start monitoring some of its employees next year, including bus drivers, to make sure they get enough sleep. the transit agency will ask those who maintain buses and trains to log their sleep habits and wear a motion detecting advice. metro is trying to combat fatigue after a 2011 study found those worked longer hours than allowed and had no limit to the number of consecutive days they worked. metro is also concer
to start a fight over the debt ceiling. the u.s. could reach its debt ceiling by the end of the month, and risk defaulting on its loans early next year. house speaker john boehner today said, quote, we don't have time for the president to continue shifting the goal posts. we need to solve this problem. danielle lee now joins us from capitol hill with more on this story tonight. danielle? >> reporter: jim, good evening. we're just now learning that president obama spoke to house speaker john boehner by phone this afternoon. but we're not hearing of any progress on avoiding the fiscal cliff or on raising the nation's debt ceiling which is currently at $16.4 trillion. there are new concerns about what could happen to the country's credit rating in the new year. each day toward the fiscal cliff is also another day closer to the country maxing out on its borrowing limit. president obama talked to business leaders today. >> the only thing that the debt ceiling is good for as a weapon is to destroy your credit rating. >> reporter: he's worried republicans may re newsto raise the country's de
in gentlemeva with russia well as u.s. officials. >>> egypt's president has begin the army authority to arrest people and protect government buildings as the nation is preparing to vote in weekend on a controversial draft constitution. what is happening in cairo? protestors and supporters of the president have been camped out around the palace for days. opposition groups are calling for nationwide protest this is week leading up to saturday's vote. president morsi's chief of staff blames the uprising on a small but powerful group of business and media elites. he tells cnn that the vote the on the country's constitution will not be held up. >> the question of delays the vote for the constitution is it not possible. if the people in the streets believe they command the majority, why don't they go and say no? >> they don't necessarily believe they command the majority. they don't like the process by which this constitution was drafted. >> in any democracy there is a rule, the rule of majority. >> opponents say that the proposed constitution was just slapped together in one day, and over the weeke
, where it fell. at no time were the missiles a threat towards america. on the international front, the u.s. moves to shore up syrian opposition groups. the obama administration has designated a group there a terrorist organization and will collectively recognize the coalition of syrian groups as legitimate representatives of the country. this is information that we learned from an interview that president obama did with abc news. in line with that, the u.s. will formally recognize the opposition council as the leader of the syrian people. officials say that the u.s. afghan force may total 9000 after the year 2014. the obama administration plans to keep between 6009 thousand troops in afghanistan after 2014 and they will confine most of them to fortified garrisons near the capital, leaving afghan troops largely without american the advisers in the field. another story from afghanistan -- "slow gains in justice for females." women who are victims of violence often report abuse that -- rarely report abuses to government authorities and rarely see their cases go to trial." that is a story in "
, maryland to assist u.s. marshals who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on an individual. once the officers got on scene and shortly thereafter, a barricade was called. >> reporter: we know that every one in the area is safe. we don't believe that the suspect at this point is holding anyone hostage. you were explaining that other people have been evacuated? >> that is correct. individuals who have been affected, who are at the target location of the apartment complex have been moved. >> reporter: there has been some communication. talk about negotiations at this point. >> negotiations are ongoing at this time in an attempt to make contact with the suspect. >> reporter: he's an armed suspect. the person is an armed suspect. we're unsure if it's a male or female. you're hoping the resolution will be a peaceful one. >> yes, ma'am. at this time the person is armed and barricaded themselves inside the apartment and we're hoping that this person through ongoing negotiations will come out peacefully and unarmed. >> reporter: one last quick question. folks will be waking up soon headin
of strong missile defense, and more than any other senator he helped ensure that the u.s. had a working nuclear arsenal after the cold war had ended, because in his view, a strong america that can deter a threat is always the best avenue to peace. over the past decade jon has applied that same standard to the war on terror, and no one -- no one has worked harder to explain the threat of islamic terrorism or help equip our nation with the tools we need to confront and defend it than jon kyl. not enough thought has been given to the role of nuclear weapons in american foreign policy and how strategy will evolve as our conventional military is drawn down due to a diminishing investment and how nuclear weapons will be employed to support the articulated strategic pivot to the asian pacific theater. the senate and the country will be well served by jon's thoughts on these challenges over the coming years. fortunately, he's thought ahead by encouraging others to step into the void after he leaves. throughout his time in washington jon has been guided, as he explained in eloquent detail yester
putin signed is reportedly in retailation for a new law in the u.s. that calls for sanctions against russian officials for human rights abuses. it takes effect january 1st and it also blocks dozens of children already in the process of being adopted by americans from leaving russia. >>> still ahead at 7:00, a closer look at the fiscal cliff fight and what it would take to get a deal done. >> plus, moving on out, after pounding the nation for days, a monster winter storm is finally losing its steam. we're going to take a look at the damage and travel delays it left behind. >> first, here's dave. >> sarah, the biggest game in decades is almost upon us. just two days away from the redskins and cowboys to decide the nc east crown. >> thank you, dave. hello. as we head to the break, live look outside. we're going to get the latest weather and traffic from tucker and jeff coming up next. it's 7:10. we'll be right back. ♪ ,h [ male announcer ] there are plenty of reasons to be jolly at the chevy year-end event because chevy's giving more. more efficiency with sonic and cruze... more f
about the dui arrest of a u.s. senator. idaho republican michael crepo was pulled over in alexandria. an officer said he saw him run a red light. police say senator crepe po -- crepo registered a blood alcohol level of .11. he was released on pound about four hours later -- bound about four hours later. the. >>> the nation's largest gun lobby says efforts by congress to regulate guns or ammunition would not prevent more mass shootings like the one in connecticut. the nra response is being panned on several fronts, even from republicans. >> i say not to mention guns in trying to eliminate school violence is like not mentioning cigarettes and trying to eliminate lung cancer. it makes no sense. i am hopeful we can get this done in a pop-up shower way. >> i'm -- in a bipartisan way. >> i'm not someone that believes having multiple armed guards in schools will enhance the learning environment. that is the first responsibility. you don't want this to be an armed camp for kids. >> president obama assembled a task force to reduce gun violence and wants concrete proposals within a month. >>>
's right now a joint u.s. cay neighedan military operation -- canadian military operation that helps kids follow the flight every year so just go to norad santa.org to check him out. >>> a man in eastern connecticut designs a holiday show and he does this light display for a good cause. it draws people from all over. [ music ] ♪ [ music ] ♪ >> cars line up down the streets to see the display set to music. christopher lambert says it's all about getting people in theholiday spirit and this year he is partnering with paws for purple hearts a program that helps train service dogs for veterans coming back from war. >>> news time is 6:39. what are you waiting for? shoppers waiting until the last- minute will have a lot of company today. millions are expected to flood stores today. and shops are accommodating all procrastinators out there. plus, dreaming of a white christmas, this may change your mind. parts of the country getting socked with winter weather. we will tell you where ahead. >> and we are dry right now. but we have those clouds. i will tell you when the rain moves in and how l
in northwest d.c. 42-year-old jeffrey meterrosick was the chief of compliance and oversight at the u.s. agency for international development. he ran into the first floor of the building in the 1800 block of first street. the cause of the fire is under investigation. >>> as we reported monday night here on 9 news at 6:00, the brother of former d.c. council chair kwame brown plans to plead guilty in federal court. today prosecutors formally charged shea brown with bank fraud and sources say that plea deal could include jail time. shea brown operated his brother's kwame's campaign. >>> tonight a local woman may have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for what she said on the internet. >> reporter: i'm bruce leshan in fairfax where a judge today ordered a woman to take back at least part of her online review of her contractor. >> good people do prevail. it's very, very hatchet. >> reporter: contractor christopher dietz crowing outside the courthouse after winning a preliminary injunction against a former customer who wrote a series of scathing online reviews. >> what she put up t
. >> the homeland security committee will release a new report criticizing the u.s. for the response to the attack in benghazi, libya. the committee finds that bad security allowed militants to essentially walk into the compound. the report criticizes the state department for failing to sufficiently respond to requests for additional security. >>> family, friend and former classmates are remembering a football player murdered in fairfax county. dozens gathered for a vigil in hay market in memory of xavier string fellow. he played football there. he was a sophomore in college in virginia. he played on that football too. he was found stabbed to death in a van in vienna friday night. his girlfriend is trying to cope with it. >> it's unbelievable. i'm floored. i don't know what to do. i don't know how to take the next day and the next. >> police arrested 22-year-old johnny bonilla in gainesville. the two did not know each other, but arranged a meeting. no word on a motive in the case. >>> same sex couples in our area will be celebrating more than just the start of 2013 tonight. they'll also be celebra
announcing that i am appointing our next u.s. senator to be congressman, tim scott. [applause] many people have asked what went into this decision process and it was simple. he understands the strength need to have as we continue to focus on jobs. he has shown that with his support knowing the deepening needs to be there. he has shown courage with this fiscal representation. he knows the value of a dollar. he understands what every family in small business goes through. it also shows that this man of south carolina. he is very aware that what he does and every vote he makes a backstop carolina and our country. it is with that that i knew he was the right person. they understand that this is the right u.s. center for our state and country. it is very important to me as a minority female that congressman scott earned this seat. he earned this seat before the results he has shown. he earned this seat for what i know he is going to do in making south carolina and our country proud. with that i would like to introduce to you our senate select tim scott. >> thank you very much. this is a great d
again at those five most important words from my perspective in the middle of the preamble of the u.s. constitution, providing for the common defense, that we are doing that and exactly that with this measure. so i encourage my colleagues to support this conference -- the rule and the conference report that we will have and i believe it will be of great benefit to our men and women in uniform and to the future security of the united states of america and our allies and i thank my friend for yielding me the 15 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. altmire. mr. altmire: mr. speaker, as we begin debate on this act, it's critical we understand just how important it is to our troops and to our country that we pass this legislation with a bipartisan vote. it's easy to get bogged down in partisanship on most issues, but this cannot be one of them. this legislation provides the men and women of our armed forces the necessary equipment and financial support to ef
. and that's not just a u.s. story. it is a north american story. there was a ton of oil in canada. there is the same geological formations in mexico. there is a lot of energy that can come upe'. the ceo of flor says there is at least $30 billion of potential c projects around the u.s. gulf of mexico. >> u people say by 2020 we could be self-sufficient in terms of providing most of the oil and the gas we get domestically. what are the implications of this for the larger economy? things like manufacturing and consumer prices? >> certainly obviously residential heating and things like that would be more affordable and make us more competitive and manufacturing and that has to do with exports. we could actually become the leading producer energy for the emerging markets. energy demand in this country is going down, but in the rest of thegy world it is going up. this would be any senator muss -- ant' enormous source of jobs and tax revenue. >> and the big threat to this is politics. if somehow regulators get in there and say for whatever reason we are going to stop this shale gas revol
that new year's deadline when taxes would go up for all u.s. taxpayers and steep spending cuts would kick in across the board. nicole collins has the latest. >> reporter: john boehner back in washington immediately heading to the white house, which brought the president and congressional leaders together the first time since november, but it's unclear if it brought the country closer to avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> when the president calls congressional leaders to the white house, it's all political theatre or they have a deal. not that it's all political theatre. >> this is not for show but a last-ditch effort by the president to bring congressional leader together to try to get a small package at least, a small deal together before the new year. >> reporter: the president called the meeting as lawmakers pointed fingers in this high- stakes game of chicken. >> the republicans who are holding hostage the middle class in america society wealthy don't have to pay their fair share. >> we need two words: presidential leadership on not just taxing rich people. we could do that and it would no
at 10:30 last night soon after prince george's county police and the u.s. marshal tried to issue and serve an arrest warrant. the suspect we're told -- let's take a look at some video we shot a short time ago. the suspect was armed inside of the avery park apartment, hold up inside an apartment. buff the neighbors we're told are safe. everyone in the immediate area was evacuated although we don't have an exact number. the suspect alone in the apartment. there was never a hostage situation. corporal maria mckinnie, she had some advice for neighbors, many of them who are waking up this morning who are talking to us, confused about what is happening here, trying to get out of the neighborhood. she has some advice for those residents. let's listen to what she had to say. >> the recommendation that we give at this time is to just continue on about their day, just let them know that the situation is under control and we have officers on the scene who are negotiate -- who are negotiating with the suspect. >> reporter: again you can see outside the avery apartments in adelphi. you can se
ride so far. >> reporter: when united airlines became the first u.s. carrier to add the boeing 737 to its fleet last month, it looked like clear skies ahead for the next generation aircraft. but this week, there have been a pair of setbacks as wong plane was forced to make -- one plane was forced to make an emergency landing in new orleans. and federal aviation administration issued anured that -- an order that all be examined for fuel leaks. >> erone will have some problems in its initial production. >> reporter: united said the emergency landing in new orleans tuesday was caused by the failure of one of six generators. and the 787 never lost power. the generator has been replaced and additional tests are being carried out, before the plane is returned to service. >>> united also said that it has checkedault -- checked all three of its liners for fuelec leak -- fuel leaks and no problem was found. it is made of composite materials that make it lighter and more fuel-efficient than traditional jetliners. >> this is an aircraft, which in fact, tr
home last night. he worked for the u.s. agency for international development. today we talked to his roommate about what happened. >> he was just a good man. he tried to do well by others, and himself. quite tragic, you know. just a testament to life and how fragile it is. we should all appreciate it. >> he traveled the globe. his work took him around to 40 countries. police are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. >>> when we come back, a girl disappears from pennsylvania. and then turns up in d.c. a 13-year-old lured to our area by a man she met online. >>> and 'tis the season to deck those halls and fight the flames, too. a reminder on how easy it is for the holidays to go up in smoke. there is no mass-produced human. so we created the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number experience. a collection of innovations designed around a bed with dualair technology that allows you to adjust to the support your body needs. each of your bodies. our sleep professionals will help you find your sleep number setting. exclusively at a sleep number store. sleep number. comfort indi
this morning. he signed the ban in retaliation for a new law passed by the u.s. congress that punishes russian officials for human rights abuses. many russians protested this week and even the russian foreign minister the law is a bad idea. >>> taking a look at our other top stories now. sad news this morning, desert storm commander norman schwartzkopf has died. the retired general died from economy indications of pneumonia. he was given the nickname, storming norman and best known for leading international forces in iraq in 1991. he was 78 years old. >>> former president george h.w. bush is in intensive care in a hospital this morning in houston county. he is battling several complications, including bronchitis and a fever. he was admitted to the hospital last month. >>> here we go. >> hear the music -- >> you know what it is, yep. dave ross is hear to talk redskins, cowboys. hello there. >> what a show. when you have the first ladies of football in the house, right on in studio b. they played at my brother's wedding 10 years ago. >> did they really? >> incredible band. >> that's fantastic. >
work in the u.s. house of representatives in 1978, in the office of the general clerk under then majority leader john rhodes. where he learned the intricacies of the house and legislative procedures while keeping official minutes in this chamber. in 1979 he began working in the republican cloakroom where he remained for seven years before beginning a new position as floor assistance it -- floor assistant to the republican leader in 1986. since then jay has served as floor assistant to three speakers of the house, including newt gingrich, dennis hastert and the current speaker, john boehner. the career that has spanned over 35 years, jay has served as an invaluable role for so many members in helping them to learn the ways of the u.s. house of representatives. i'm proud to be among those who have benefited from jay's service and friendship and leadership. but jay isn't just known for his expertise in parliamentary procedure. he's known to be an individual of substance and distinct professionalism. in fact, i personally would say he's the embodiment of a professional which is
to attend a bar mitzvah. she brought the miss universe crown back to the u.s. first time in a decade. >> miss universe 2012 is usa. 20 year old olivia culpo eighth american ever to win the title. back in 1997. she beat out miss philippines and miss venezuela who came in third and those are your headlines. most significant thing i heard about olivia. she's played the cello in carnegie hall. >> steve: she's number one. >> brian: you said the cello is easy. >> gretchen: no, it is not >> brian: always room for a cello. >> gretchen: you are really coming on me in a very joyful and festive way. >> brian: you know how . room will be in the twump suite. >> miss maryland will be the new miss usa. >> brian: miss maryland steps in? >> gretchen: that apartment is full, babe. >> brian: miss usa, miss maryland and miss universe and >> steve: and miss teen. >> brian: they were cheering. >> i think it is miss maryland . excuse me if i have the state wrong. >> brian: i pain is still unbearable in connecticut . five more victims of the sandy hook massacre will be laid to rest today. katherine hubard a
the u.s. president should take a in terms of a more realistic, short-term approach to facing challenges are a long term visionary approach where the focus is on the future and where we are going in the next 10-20 years. which of the following approaches to you think a u.s. presidential candidate should take? you will see two options. should a u.s. president take a practical approach and difficult times addressing near-term challenges or a visionary approach focusing on long-term goals for the future and not losing perspective of where we want to go to? go ahead and text to 22333. the response code you agree with et.you can tweak at @gt we will see if it matches the opinion poll. a fair size minority, about the 44% felt short-term obstacles was the important focus of the nation. it looks like once again we have come close to the national poll with 67% of the audience i in the room and online voting for a visionary approach looking at long-term goals for the country instead of a short-term perspective. i think this would be another good thing for elected officials to keep a in mind as the
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